Is your patio furniture looking a little run down these days? You don't necessarily have to shell out for an expensive replacement. With a bit of elbow grease and some know-how, you may be able to repair it on your own for a cost-effective fix. You get to keep the style you love for your outdoor space while also saving money. That's why learning how to repair your patio furniture is always a win-win. Get the tips you need for simple DIY outdoor furniture repair by reading through this handy guide.
Give the Finish a Fresh Look
It's only natural for outdoor furniture to look a little worn out over time. After all, it's exposed to the elements every day, which may include excessive heat, cold, rain, sun and wind. In addition, general wear and tear from you and your guests using these items is to be expected even with the most durable furniture pieces.
Depending on what material your patio furniture is made with, you should be able to spruce it up at home without too much work. It's important to learn how to protect and maintain the type of materials your furniture is made from. Here's a quick guide to some of the most common types of outdoor furniture materials:
Many types of wood should be sanded and sealed with a coat of protectant or varnish once per year. This will help to keep the wood from becoming dry and brittle. Coated wood can be washed regularly with soapy water. Don't leave wood furniture outside over the winter months. Fix holes or cracks with wood filler, then sand down these patches and prime and paint it to match the rest of the piece.
Use a microfiber cloth to regularly wipe dust and debris from your wicker furniture. Store inside during the winter. A paste wax can be applied occasionally to maintain water resistance. If mold or mildew develops, use a 1:1 solution of warm water and white vinegar to clean your wicker furniture thoroughly.
Spray down plastic or resin furniture with a hose to clean. Store indoors in winter to prevent cracking. Store-bought cleaning solutions can be used to remove mold.
For cast iron, steel and other metal outdoor furniture like our Serenity Health & Home Décor steel patio glider bench, clean with soapy water. If your metal is prone to rust, apply a paste wax for protection. If rust does develop, remove it with a stiff wire brush or sandpaper then apply a rust dissolver. You can prime and repaint once the rust has been removed.
Repair Worn-Out Fabrics
Regularly clean pillows, cushions, outdoor rugs and any other outdoor fabrics with a vacuum cleaner. Some cushion and pillow covers can also be removed and machine-washed when necessary. If the fabrics are not removable, mix _ cup of mild dishwashing detergent with 1 gallon of warm water. Then, use a soft nylon brush to give them a good scrub. Place the fabrics in the sun to air dry.
If mold or mildew develops, you can mix a gallon of water with 1/2 cup of bleach to create a cleaning solution. Test the fabric in a hidden area first for colorfastness before you use this method.
You don't have to throw out pillows or cushions due to tears, either. Use a fabric repair patch kit to easily mend the rip. You could also use a needle and thread for a smaller tear.
Make your outdoor furniture and accessories last longer by using these handy repair tips.